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Membership in International Organizations

In order to raise Taipei’s international profile, the City Government has joined some important international city-level organizations in recent years. So far, Taipei is an official member of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC 21), Sister Cities International (SCI), the Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS), and CITYNET.
A. United Cities and Local Government (UCLG)
Founded in 2004, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is an organization for cities, local governments and municipal associations throughout the world. It is the largest local government organization in the world and serves as the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government. UCLG promotes its values, objectives, and interests through cooperation among local governments and within the international community. UCLG has member cities in over 127 UN member states across Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Euro-Asia, the Middle East and West Asia, Latin America, and North America.

The Taipei City Government is an active participant in UCLG and UCLG-ASPAC and also an executive member of these two organizations. Taipei is eager to continue its substantial cooperation and exchanges with other members of UCLG.

B. Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC 21)
The Asian Network of Major Cities 21 is an international network of Asian capitals and major cities, which together undertake joint projects and address common tasks such as crisis management, environmental countermeasures and industrial development to further the prosperity and development of the region.

There are 11 cities in this network: Bangkok, Delhi, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Metropolitan Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Yangon. A total of 12 joint projects are currently underway to resolve common issues faced by each city. Each city that proposes a project serves as the “organizing city,” while the other stake part as “participating cities” according to the relevance of the project’s theme. Activities conducted in each project include organizing conferences or seminars, implementing training, and holding international events. Currently, Taipei is the organizing city of the “ICT Initiatives for Urban Development” joint project.

C. Sister Cities International (SCI)
Sister Cities International is a non-profit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. Its goals are to develop municipal partnerships between U.S. cities, counties, and states and similar jurisdictions in other nations; to provide opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships; to create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened; to stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects; and to collaborate with organizations in the United States and other countries which share similar goals.

There are approximately 2500 members of Sister Cities International. Since 2002, Taipei City has been a member. Almost every year, the Taipei City Government sends a delegation to attend the annual conference to increase the visibility of Taipei on the world stage.

D. Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS)
The Asia Pacific Cities Summit was founded in 1996, via the advocacy of the former Mayor of Brisbane, Jim Soorley. The Summit is held biannually, with the host city alternating between Brisbane and other host cities in the Asia-Pacific region. The Summit is recognized as the region's business and government forum, as it provides a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and successes between cities in the Asia-Pacific and is also a platform for trade development. Taipei has been an active participant in the Summit since 1997.

Established in 1987, CITYNET is comprised of governmental and non-governmental organizations of major cities in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as a few governmental and non-governmental organizations in Europe, under the guidance of and with the budget support of UNESCAP and UNDP.

The head office of CITYNET is in Yokohama, Japan; four other affiliate offices are situated in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The goal of CITYNET is to assist developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region via inter-cooperation among international cities; to promote environmental protection, hygiene, and social welfare systems; and to advance infrastructural, administrative, and financial strategic plans.